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June 9, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Schwartz was censured Thursday by the state Commission on Judicial Performance for statements he made to police during his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol last year in Pismo Beach. The director of the commission said censure was the panel's most serious punishment short of being removed from the bench. Schwartz, 45, can continue to preside over criminal hearings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
In the end, the move by Swiss authorities to free Roman Polanski did not come down to whether he drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. Instead, the Swiss government's refusal Monday to extradite the director centered in part on a controversial 1977 backroom meeting that a Los Angeles judge held with the prosecutor and defense attorney on the case. Polanski's lawyers say the judge made it clear at the meeting that he intended to send the director to prison for a 90-day psychiatric test as his full sentence behind bars.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1998
Re "State Panel Suspends Ventura County Superior Court Judge Robert Bradley," March 21. Well, the state Commission on Judicial Performance has finally decided to at least give the illusion of doing its job by charging Judge Bradley with six counts of misconduct. Why was nothing done after the first count, especially since, according to this article, the "misconduct" included multiple drunk-driving incidents? Judge Bradley served only 20 days in jail after two drunk-driving convictions, repeatedly showing up for work at the courthouse drunk, and threatening violence toward a deputy district attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Jack Leonard
Roman Polanski rushed up to the British Airways counter at LAX in late January 1978 with an American Express card and an urgent desire to get out of town. He bought the last seat on an overnight flight to London and 15 minutes later, he wrote in his autobiography, watched Los Angeles gradually disappear out a jet window. The criminal case that Polanski was fleeing never went away, as his recent arrest in Zurich attests. But how a Los Angeles court would restart the case if Switzerland extradites the film director, 76, is a question complicated by the passage of decades and recent allegations of judicial misconduct.
NEWS
August 20, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
A state watchdog agency dismissed misconduct charges Thursday against Court of Appeal Justice J. Anthony Kline for failing to follow a precedent in a court dissent. "We recognize that appellate jurists deal with legal principles and ideas," said the order by the Commission on Judicial Performance, approved on an 8-1 vote with two abstentions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1998
The presiding judge of Glendale Municipal Court is expected to rule this week in a judicial misconduct case involving a veteran commissioner who drew complaints that she had overstepped her bounds by jailing dozens of alleged minor traffic offenders on suspicion of perjury. Commissioner Dona Bracke, a former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney who has served on the bench since 1990, has been on paid administrative leave since August.
NEWS
September 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
A Monterey County judge whose hard-line policy on drunken driving has stirred controversy since his election last year was charged with misconduct Monday by the state Commission on Judicial Performance. Municipal Judge Jose Angel Velasquez is accused of violating standards of judicial conduct with his sentencing practices in misdemeanor drunken driving cases, the commission said.
NATIONAL
May 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist has named a high-level panel to investigate the federal courts' handling of judicial misconduct, court officials said Tuesday. Rehnquist named the committee with a statement that acknowledged criticism by Congress of judicial handling of ethics issues. Justice Stephen G. Breyer will chair the panel, according to a statement published this week in the newsletter of the federal courts. The committee will hold its first meeting next month in Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Jack Leonard
Roman Polanski rushed up to the British Airways counter at LAX in late January 1978 with an American Express card and an urgent desire to get out of town. He bought the last seat on an overnight flight to London and 15 minutes later, he wrote in his autobiography, watched Los Angeles gradually disappear out a jet window. The criminal case that Polanski was fleeing never went away, as his recent arrest in Zurich attests. But how a Los Angeles court would restart the case if Switzerland extradites the film director, 76, is a question complicated by the passage of decades and recent allegations of judicial misconduct.
NATIONAL
June 9, 2006 | Michael J. Goodman and William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writers
Without help from a friend, James Mahan might never have become a Las Vegas state judge. Certainly he wouldn't have gotten one of the top judicial jobs in town: a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Then again, without Mahan, his friend George Swarts would never have gotten to run an Internet porn business, a hotel-casino hair salon or a Southern California software company. Indeed, the careers of Judge James C. Mahan, 62, and his friend George C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge was ordered removed from office Thursday by state officials who said the former county prosecutor filed false and misleading expense claims for a legal conference in San Diego and then lied when questioned about them. Orange County Superior Court Judge Kelly MacEachern is the first judge in the county and the 24th in California ordered removed from office since 1960.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
A federal judge who acknowledged maintaining his own publicly accessible website featuring sexually explicit photos and videos Thursday called for an investigation of his own conduct. Alex Kozinski, 57, chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, asked a court ethics panel to initiate the proceedings after The Times reported Wednesday that the judge had posted lewd photos and videos on his personal website.
NATIONAL
May 31, 2008 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
A judge hearing a war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay who publicly expressed frustration with military prosecutors' refusal to give evidence to the defense has been dismissed, tribunal officials confirmed Friday. Army Col. Peter Brownback III was presiding over the case of Canadian detainee Omar Khadr. Marine Col.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The state's DNA testing program for inmates seeking to prove their innocence is deeply flawed, with police routinely discarding evidence after trials and court-ordered tests never being completed, a newspaper reported. Judges also ignore requests for DNA testing, leaving inmates in legal limbo, and nearly a third of the denials examined by the Columbus Dispatch failed to cite a reason, as required by state law. Gov. Ted Strickland told the newspaper he was calling for an overhaul.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in Los Angeles who was reprimanded for official misconduct last year could face a harsher punishment -- or be cleared of the charges altogether -- after a ruling this week by a panel of fellow judges. The ruling by the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability in Washington, D.C., came in the case of U.S. District Court Judge Manuel L. Real.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Homestore Inc.'s former chief executive, Stuart Wolff, won a reversal of his conviction for directing a $67-million fraud at the online home-listings company because of a conflict by the trial judge. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco threw out Wolff's conviction and 15-year prison sentence Monday, ruling that U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson, who owned stock in Time Warner Inc.'s America Online unit, should have removed himself from the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1987 | Associated Press
A judge accused of being improperly influenced by former city Cultural Affairs Commissioner Bess Myerson in the divorce case of Carl Capasso, Myerson's companion, faces judicial misconduct charges, it was reported Friday. Quoting anonymous sources, Newsday and the New York Times reported that the state Commission on Judicial Conduct began closed proceedings last month against Justice Hortense Gabel, whose daughter had been hired by Myerson as an aide.
NEWS
January 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A suspended county judge admitted to signing court papers with names like Adolf Hitler, using profanity in describing other judges and throwing lighted firecrackers into a colleague's office. Judge Richard "Deacon" Jones said during testimony in his judicial misconduct hearing that he was acting out of frustration with his colleagues. The 10-year veteran judge was suspended with pay by the state Supreme Court in November.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a complaint against a federal judge who awarded more than $4.8 million in judgments and fees to people with whom he had long-standing political and business ties. U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan of Las Vegas, who was featured in a 2006 Los Angeles Times investigation into the Nevada judiciary, was cleared of allegations that he had personal connections with those involved in cases he heard.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A judge who jailed 46 people who were in his courtroom when a cellphone call interrupted proceedings was removed from the bench Tuesday by a state commission. Niagara Falls City Court Judge Robert M. Restaino "snapped" and "engaged in what can only be described as two hours of inexplicable madness" during the March 2005 session, Raoul Felder, chairman of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, wrote in the decision to remove Restaino from the $113,900-a-year post.
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